Friends of Stewart Park is an organization committed to ensuring that Ithaca’s lakefront park and trail is a beautiful and welcoming destination for everyone to enjoy.
Building A Playground for All
Phase II coming Summer 2019
Phase II of the playground build will feature a large, school-age structure, a long, gently-sloped berm that connects to the play structure at different elevations, culminating at the Cayuga Lake Overlook, a protective cover for the Carousel and parking improvements. Learn More.
Stewart Park has 2 beautiful lakeside pavilions for rent. Rental arrangements for the pavilions are made through the Ithaca Youth Bureau. Send rental forms to Ithaca Youth Bureau, 1 James L. Gibbs Drive, Ithaca NY 14850 or email them to firstname.lastname@example.org. Call 607-273-8364 for more information.
Picnic “Large” Pavilion
The large pavilion is in the heart of the historic core of Stewart Park. There are 20 picnic tables inside the pavilion and several around the outside, seating about 6-8 people each. Picnic Pavilion rental also comes with 2 long serving tables. A number of picnic grills surround the pavilion and there’s a large barbecue pit (bring your own grates) for your cooking needs. There is a ramp on the northeast side of pavilion and bathrooms located right inside.
Small “Tea” Pavilion
The Tea Pavilion is in the heart of Stewart Park located west of the historic core, on the lake side of the playground area. There are 9 picnic tables inside the pavilion and several around the outside of the pavilion which seat about 6-8 people each. There are also a number of picnic grills surrounding the pavilion for your cooking needs. Bathrooms are accessible at the Wharton building.
Summer 2019 Internships
Spend your summer revitalizing Ithaca's beautiful public waterfront corridor through an internship with Friends of Stewart Park!
Friends of Stewart Park is looking for Cornell Federal Work Study eligible students for the summer! We are looking for Interns specializing in Communications and Fundraising, Landscape Architecture, Horticulture and Event Coordination.
Grant Received for Cascadilla Boathouse Restoration
Friends of Stewart Park is delighted that Historic Ithaca was awarded a $367,000 grant to restore the exterior of the Cascadilla Boathouse, with the funds going to the City of Ithaca to Complete the Project.
Wharton Studio Museum and Park Visitor Center project gets grant
In October, 2018, New York State Senator Tom O'Mara presented WSM Executive Director and Co-Founder Diana Riesman (Riesman is also chair of FSP), and Rick Manning, FSP Executive Director, with a big ‘check’ valued at $450,000 in support of developing the Wharton Studio Museum and Park Visitor Center along the lakefront and Waterfront Trail in Stewart Park!